The Mother of All Mothers in Books

Yesterday was Mother’s Day, so happy belated Mother’s Day to mothers, grandmothers, and motherly figures everywhere.

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than looking into the best mother characters of all time. Now, keep in mind, there are many more where this came from, you can certainly add a comment below with the characters you would have included!

Kate Murry

A Wrinkle in Time follows the travels of children for the most part, but you do get hints of Kate and her personality. First, she’s a scientist. Second, she’s a woman who mysteriously lost her husband. Third, she is now a single mother keeping it together for her four children. She certainly has it rough, but she keeps moving gracefully and is supportive of her children, even when others think they are odd.

Molly Weasley

The mother of seven is not just a mom. She is a bad ass. She saves her daughter in the last book, she keeps the family fed and sane throughout the hard times and does not hesitate to adopt a scrappy boy they met at the train station. (Psst, Harry Potter.) She is a mother in every sense of the word: caring, hard-working and kind of scary, in the best way.

Next year we will definitely have to include bad mothers on the list. We are thinking Marisa Coulter from The Golden Compass. Talk about a crazy lady!

We know it is a pretty short list, but we were actually kind of taken aback by how many books either have a mom missing, or both parents–in the books we have read specifically. How do you feel about that in terms of literature? Does being an orphan add to the overall tale or take away from it?


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